Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Credulous Quarry 

In an unusual case Perry clears his client from a hit and run homicide only to find him charged with first degree murder instead. As a favor to another attorney Perry's client had agree to help cover up a hit and run accident for him.


William D. Russell


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Sy Salkowitz

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Clara Thorpe
Russell Arms ... Everett Dorrell
John Conwell John Conwell ... Richard Hammond
Vinton Hayworth ... Marvin Claridge
Walter Reed ... Alexander Hill
Nan Peterson ... Barbara Claridge
Russ Bender ... Policeman
Willis Bouchey ... Judge
Fred Graham ... Fire Chief
Renee Godfrey ... Miss Winslow


Because he was unable to secure an adequate judgment, attorney Everett Dorrell offers to loan Dick Hammond $15,000 for his mother's medical care. Dorrell gets a frantic call that his girlfriend Helen Austin is threatening to kill herself. He speeds out of his driveway and runs over Helen. Hammond drives up and offers to dispose of the body, suggesting that Dorrell drive into a post, have the car repaired and blame the damage on that accident. Dorrell gives Hammond the $15,000 in cash. That evening Hammond's garage catches fire, and Dorrell's damaged car is found inside. Clara Thorpe, Helen's aunt, demands Hammond return the $15,000 to her. Hammond consults Perry Mason, who says Dick must inform the authorities. Where Dorrell had been willing to support Hammond, his prospective father-in-law, Marvin Claridge, silences the attorney. Fatefully, Helen was the driver of the car that injured Hammond's mother and killed his sister. Further, she was dead a half hour before Dorrell hit her. ... Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

24 September 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This show was filmed for season three but because of Talman's firing it was not shown. See more »


While Marvin Claridge is on the witness stand being cross-examined by Perry Mason there is also a cutaway shot showing Claridge sitting in court next to his daughter and behind Hamilton Burger. See more »


[first lines]
Everett Dorrell: Well, I'll tell you bluntly, Dick, you haven't the ghost of a chance of getting the estate money before the three years are up. I went over the whole thing again with the trustees this morning.
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Mystery that leads to good courtroom drama
13 June 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Attorney Everett Dorrell represented Dick Hammond in a lawsuit in an accident involving his family. However the settlement was less than expected and money was need for surgery for Dick's mother. Everett Dorrell agrees to loan Dick some money for the surgery and they agree to meet that evening.

While Everett was waiting for Dick Hammond, he receives a call that his ex-girlfriend, Helen Austin, is about to commit suicide so he gets in his car to go see her. But when he starts out of his driveway, he runs over Helen Austin just as Dick Everett is pulling up to the house. The two decide that Dick Hammond will dispose of the body since Mr Dorrell is giving him $15,000 for his mother's surgery. And so Dick goes out and places the body along the roadside and calls the police.

The next morning Dick Hammond awakes to the fire department outside his house. His garage had been set afire and when the fireman open the garage Everett Dorrell's car (the one that hit Helen) is inside his garage. Dick knows he is getting 'set-up' so he consults Perry for advise.

While Perry investigates, it seems that Lt Tragg finds more evidence that Dick Hammond was the murderer. And people that Dick thought was friends begin to turn on him. This will lead to dramatic courtroom scene where people that have secrets will be in interrogated until Perry finds the truth concerning the entire situation.

This episode has some of the best courtroom scenes that we have seen in some time. Perry is at the top of his game as he finds hole after hole in each person's testimony. A good watch for any mystery fan.

NOTE- Two things which stands out in this episode- This episode was to be seen in season three before Talman was fired as we get the season three opening as we see head-shots of Paul, Della, Hamilton Burger and Lt Tragg. Also, be prepared for the driveway scene. When Everett hits Helen, it comes across as rather shocking for 1960 TV.

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